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Environmentally conscious homeowners are increasingly looking for ways to make their property more earth-friendly. One technique gaining popularity is the use of rain gardens, also known as rainscaping.

A rain garden is a strategically placed garden featuring a basin that allows rainwater to collect before slowly percolating into the ground. Native, moisture-loving plants help with water absorption and make these gardens visually attractive and interesting.

Homeowners who have wet basements or standing water in the yard after a heavy rain might find a rain garden helps alleviate the problem, although it is not a panacea for large storms dumping more than an inch of rainwater. It also reduces stormwater runoff, which decreases pollution in local waterways, and creates natural habitats for pollinating insects, butterflies and other wildlife.

Rain gardens take on many styles and sizes. Some are formal, with plants organized carefully. Others look more natural, with plants scattered informally throughout the garden. The number of plants and amount of rock or mulch used around them can vary, as well.

Cody Hayo, owner of Pretty City Gardens & Landscapes, installed several rain gardens last fall as part of MSD Project Clear, an initiative of the Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District to improve water quality and alleviate wastewater concerns. He used, on average, 15 types of plants at each project site, including varieties such as swamp milkweed and soft rush in the lowest parts of the basin, and black-eyed Susan and purple coneflower closer to the edges, where conditions are drier. Plants in the lower portion must be able to thrive in wet conditions.

\u201cNative plants are generally considered best suited for rain gardens because of their deep root systems,\u201d he says. \u201cThe deeper root systems help create a more spongelike soil that can absorb and retain more water.\u201d

A basic rain garden can be installed in a weekend, but there are several things to consider before digging begins. \u201cA rain garden might also include a berm to help hold water in and be oval or kidney-shaped in order to help collect water,\u201d says Rob Kennedy, sustainability project specialist at the Missouri Botanical Garden\u2019s EarthWays Center, a division devoted to conservation of energy and natural resources. \u201cThe garden should also be perpendicular to the flow of water. Inflow and outflows should be considered. An outflow is necessary as an overflow spillway in the case of a particularly large rain event.\u201d

To begin planning, first identify existing water problems, and note how rainwater drains through the property, recommends Rebecca Eisele, landscaping designer at Quiet Village Landscaping Co. and vice president of the Landscape Nursery Association of Greater St. Louis. \u201cIdeally, a rain garden should be 20 percent of the size of whatever is draining into it,\u201d she says. \u201cFor example, if you\u2019re connecting a downspout to your rain garden, what is the square footage of the roof being drained by that particular downspout? If the roof section is 500 square feet, you\u2019ll want to install a 100-square-foot rain garden.\u201d

If there is not enough space to install a rain garden that fits the 20 percent guideline, a smaller one can still be beneficial, she adds. Regardless of size, the rain garden should be located just above the lowest spot in the yard in order to intercept water as it flows toward the low point. \u201cLow spots where water tends to stand and collect often have compacted soils that are not conducive to rain gardens,\u201d Eisele says.

Kennedy and Eisele recommend reading the Missouri Botanical Garden\u2019s online Rainscaping Guide to determine whether a rain garden is right for a specific site. The guide explains how to perform a percolation test on the soil, which shows how well water drains when the ground is saturated. Compacted soil that doesn\u2019t allow for adequate water absorption needs to be amended \u2013 by adding compost or topsoil, tilling or aerating the ground \u2013 or the rain garden needs to be situated elsewhere.

Another thing to consider when locating a rain garden is its proximity to the home\u2019s foundation. The garden should be at least 10 feet from the home since it will be holding and draining water. Be courteous to neighbors, as well: Eisele advises paying attention to how you build the overflow to avoid draining directly into a neighbor\u2019s yard. \u201cEven if the water does eventually have to travel across a neighbor\u2019s yard to reach a storm basin, allow for a turf border around your rain garden to catch any mulch or other debris that moves in a major flood event so it doesn\u2019t end up in [his or her] yard,\u201d she says, \u201cor route overflows into traditional storm sewers located on the street.\u201d

Once a rain garden is installed, it\u2019s easy to maintain. \u201cPerennials should be cut back to the ground annually. We typically do this in spring before new growth begins,\u201d Hayo says. \u201cShrubs and trees can be pruned as needed. The basin, including the inflow and overflow areas, should be kept clear of accumulated debris like leaves, branches, etc. Weed regularly during the growing season, and keep it looking attractive.\u201d

Besides looking pretty, rain gardens provide a service, and that makes them unique. Hayo sums matters thus: \u201cThe cool thing about them is what they are doing besides looking beautiful \u2013 managing stormwater, preventing flooding elsewhere and providing habitat.\u201d

Missouri Botanical Garden, 4344 Shaw Blvd., St. Louis, 314-577-5100, missouribotanicalgarden.org

Pretty City Gardens & Landscapes, 314-282-1084, prettycitystl.com

Quiet Village Landscaping Co., 9810 Page Ave., St. Louis, 314-657-7050, quietvillagelandscaping.com

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As spring approaches with its temperamental weather, many folks start daydreaming of a more tropical and serene place \u2013 and what better place to channel paradise than Honolulu? The Hawaiian city and county of Honolulu occupy the island of Oahu, which translates as \u201csheltered harbor\u201d or \u201ccalm port.\u201d With the city\u2019s deep blue waters caressing white golden sands, dotted with seashells and large volcanos that reach toward the heavens, you can easily understand why so many visitors flock to Honolulu each year. These three statement pieces, though, can relieve you of the need to jet more than 4,100 miles to bring a relaxing, Hawaiian ambiance to your home.

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Don\u2019t be fooled \u2013 as any homeowner can attest, houses are a lot of work. Luckily, Mosby Building Arts is passionate about the art of building and maintaining homes. Its exteriors division, Exteriors By Mosby, promises to carry the heavy load as you prepare your home for warmer seasons. \u201cBeyond your home\u2019s resale value, boosting its curb appeal makes it more inviting for guests. And on the intangible side of things, you gain your own personal satisfaction and pride in your home,\u201d home consultant Kurt Doll says.

Once the decision has been made to spruce up the outside of your abode, the fun begins with cultivating an idea for the project. \u201cWe see a lot more clients taking the holistic approach rather than a simple replacement. They want a cohesive look to appear throughout, such as through windows and shutters tying into the siding,\u201d Doll comments. \u201cAnother big trend is the inclusion of natural elements, such as brick and stone or natural timber. Using those elements tends to anchor a home, essentially bringing a man-made structure back to earth.\u201d

Mosby\u2019s design capabilities shine during the development stage, when designers work directly with clients to bring their visions to life. \u201cWe incorporate a full 3-D rendering in our design work, which allows us to show a home both in its current state and transformations in real time before we even swing the first hammer,\u201d Doll shares. \u201cWe also are working toward incorporating virtual reality, which would allow clients to wear a headset and see their space in a [more responsive] way.\u201d

From roofing and siding to window and door replacements to outdoor living areas, the exteriors division tackles all project sizes. \u201cRemodeling typically covers straight replacements, whereas design-build incorporates much more design work, including larger projects, such as moving walls or building structures. These two can certainly overlap, but both should take into account building codes and municipal regulations,\u201d Doll recommends. \u201cWhomever you meet with, ask the important questions, such as, \u2018Is this work being done to code? Who are the people actually performing the work, employees or subcontractors?\u2019 More often than not, people can run into issues between talk of the design and actual production. If it\u2019s not communicated well, you run the risk of losing things in translation. The exteriors division by Mosby can help with all of the homeowner\u2019s needs [from start to finish].\u201d

Mosby Building Arts, 645 Leffingwell Ave., Kirkwood, 314-909-1800, mosbybuildingarts.com

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This sprawling manse entreats you to make a sanctuary out of its glorious landscape and rich architectural design, with walls of windows that allow light to shine brightly in during the day and like a beacon out into the night. Superior craftsmanship shines throughout all three levels, from the formal dining room, with a box beamed ceiling, and magnificent wood-paneled study to the lower level, complete with a hot tub and spa. The 2-story great room impresses with a cathedral ceiling and floor-to-ceiling brick fireplace. Luxuriate inside the master suite, with a framed tub and separate shower, plus a decadent walk-in closet. Relax with iced tea on the screened porch or expansive deck, or take in the breathtaking view of the 10-acre lake down by the boat dock. As you appreciate the grandeur of this home\u2019s interior from the second-floor Juliet balcony, it is clear you\u2019ve found an absolute retreat to call your own.

This 5-bedroom, 4 full-bathroom and 1 half-bathroom home in Pacific is listed for $2.5 million.

Larry Levy, 314-520-5668, larry.levy@sbcglobal.net, larrylevyluxuryhomes.com

From its humble beginning in the founder\u2019s basement, the Janet McAfee Real Estate network is now four decades strong and a recognized local leader. Today, the firm enjoys a corporate office in Ladue, more than 100 active professional agents and a significant presence in the St. Louis central corridor. Through exclusive relocation and marketing affiliations, the syndication of listings to leading real estate portals and distinguished luxury partners, Janet McAfee Real Estate offers global reach.

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Janet McAfee Real Estate has developed an iconic brand. Spanning four decades of achievement, the agency represents quality and professionalism at a next-level status. The local leader defines itself by its independence, remaining the largest independent luxury real estate firm in St. Louis. Janet McAfee offers global reach through its relocation affiliation with Leading Real Estate Companies of the World and a luxury partnership with Luxury Portfolio.

\u201cWe believe our continued success is due to the experience and dedication of our agents, who represent our firm with distinction across the community,\u201d Janet Horlacher, principal of the agency and daughter of its founder, says. \u201cOur agents offer the highest level of professional representation to help their multigenerational clients achieve their real estate objectives.\u201d

New at Janet McAfee Real Estate:

The St. Louis spring market is coming in \u201clike a lion,\u201d with several factors aligning for success, including consumer optimism and a record stock market.

\u2022 Compared to last year, 2017\u2019s closed sales are up by 2.6 percent; average sold price is up 3.6 percent; number of sales are up by 3.6 percent; average days on market is down 20.5 percent; and the number of active listings are down 10.2 percent.

\u2022 Indicators all point to the agency being poised for a strong spring market, provided it fills its existing pipeline. Active listings are on a multi-year decline around the country. According to the agency, reversing this slide will better satisfy buyer demand and prevent buyer fatigue, which is a risk if not enough relevant properties are available to satisfy demand and buyers lose out repeatedly in competitive bidding.

\u2022 A trend to watch is millennial home purchasing. This generation has surpassed their parents as the largest demographic. They are delaying home ownership, due to graduating from college with the highest level of student debt in history and into the most difficult job market. Those in their thirties are gaining financial security and now entering the market. The agency believes millennial housing preferences and purchase cycle will prove to be the most significant drivers in residential real estate.

Office Location:

9889 Clayton Road, LADUE, 314-997-4800

Featured Listings:

555 Deer Valley Court, ST. ALBANS

1312 Eaglewinds Court, CHESTERFIELD

8 Fordyce Lane, LADUE

241 Linden Ave., CLAYTON

32 Westmoreland Place, CENTRAL WEST END

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If you dream of assembling gorgeous floral arrangements to share with friends and family or to brighten up your home, Snapdragon Studio has a solution.

Owner and lead designer Silvia Dadian-Smith understands why people want to make their own arrangements. \u201cCreating a unique floral design is such a meditative and creative experience,\u201d she says. \u201cWhen I first started working with flowers, I just fell in love with the process, and I was constantly looking for an opportunity to get my hands on a wide variety of blooms and play with new, hard-to-find flowers. I found it can be challenging to know where to look, and I\u2019ve met so many people who feel the same way.\u201d

That realization led Dadian-Smith to create \u201cflower bars,\u201d collaborative events in which she shares her passion for floral design through instruction and hands-on practice. \u201cWe\u2019ve had such a fantastic response to the concept,\u201d she says. \u201cIt\u2019s so rewarding to see how happy it makes people to try juxtaposing different flowers in arrangements, play with new color combinations and figure out what visually appeals to them.\u201d

She started offering flower bar events in 2015 and since then has held at least one per month, partnering with local businesses including Bowood Farms, Urban Matter, Mesa Home and TechArtista for \u201cpop-up\u201d flower bar events for the public. Flower bars as private parties are becoming increasingly popular, too. \u201cWe\u2019ve been so thrilled by the interest in them, and we\u2019re very excited to announce that we\u2019ll be opening a storefront in Tower Grove South this summer, where we\u2019ll be able to expand the flower bar concept as a weekly event, as well as host private events,\u201d Dadian-Smith says.

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Participants work with local flowers whenever possible, creating arrangements or wreaths from seasonal blooms. Flowers and greenery are sourced from area suppliers, such as Flower Hill Farms and Urban Buds.

Dadian-Smith encourages participants to experiment when introducing them to the materials. \u201cWe like to focus on introducing guests to the materials and how they might be used \u2013 for example, how a sturdier stem or branch might be used to create support in an arrangement, while more delicate stems might be added at the end of the arranging process as a textural detail,\u201d she says.

Flower bar patrons learn best practices for arranging, maintaining and displaying flowers for maximum freshness. And although Dadian-Smith shares her perspectives and strategies for curating and combining flowers and greenery, she tries to avoid letting her aesthetic become the \u201cright\u201d way to do things. Participants often return for subsequent events so they can develop individual style while incorporating basic tenets of professional flower arranging.

Flower bar parties are customized for the client\u2019s preferences, Dadian-Smith says. \u201cWe\u2019ll typically pick one project \u2013 for example, vase arrangements, floral crowns, succulent terrariums or wreath-making, among others \u2013 and then source flowers, foliage and vases based on the feel of the event, with an effort to be as seasonal as possible whenever we can,\u201d she explains. \u201cIn the past, we\u2019ve worked with clients at their venue of choice or collaborated with local businesses as a \u2018pop-up,\u2019 but we\u2019re thrilled to be able to soon host guests at our storefront.\u201d

Dadian-Smith has noticed more garden-style arrangements using a variety of materials in natural-looking designs. She encourages participants to try unexpected combinations of colors and look for materials at farmers markets and in their own backyards. \u201cPlay around, see how things hold in water and don\u2019t be afraid of mistakes,\u201d she recommends. \u201cYou might find some awesome new things you\u2019ll return to throughout the season.\u201d

Although flower bars have proven popular and will be a more prominent part of Snapdragon Studio in its new Tower Grove South location, Dadian-Smith continues to specialize in floral design for events, especially weddings. \u201cOur new storefront on Morganford [Road] will be open in July, and we\u2019ll be offering monthly seasonal arranging classes, as well as hosting a weekly flower bar where guests can drop in, select from a curated collection of blooms and design their own arrangement in the shop,\u201d she says.

Snapdragon Studio is already taking reservations for private parties in the new storefront and will continue pop-up collaborations with local businesses. Seasonal arranging will be the topic of Dadian-Smith\u2019s next class this Sunday, March 19, at 11 a.m. at Bowood Farms. Tickets cost $60 and can be reserved by calling 314-454-6868. Check Snapdragon Studio\u2019s website for regularly added new events.

Snapdragon Studio, 314-705-0102, snapdragonstl.com

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Trial beds at the Missouri Botanical Garden.

Every spring, garden catalogs brim with bright photographs of new and exciting plants \u2013 which themselves pose a problem.

Specifically, although everyone loves to freshen the landscape with charming, trendy additions, two common, interrelated questions from gardeners often arise: What will perform well here, and which varieties should I choose? The companies promoting many items serve a national audience, meaning many of their offerings may not be well suited to our specific growing conditions \u2013 hence the necessity of local test beds and trial gardens.

The Missouri Botanical Garden\u2019s William T. Kemper Center for Home Gardening has several garden areas designated as trial beds. In them, new varieties are traditionally displayed side by side and are rated during the course of the year to see which perform in our region\u2019s growing conditions.

To see records from the garden\u2019s trial beds, search \u201cKemper Center Factsheets\u201d on the web, and explore the flower trial results from various years. You\u2019ll see how different selections stack up against one another, allowing you to choose the best performer for your own garden.

Also, look for innovations in the garden\u2019s trials. In the past, the Missouri Botanical Garden featured plants grown from seed sent by companies that participate in national trials, but now, Julie Hess is taking a new approach.

Starting this year, trials will not be limited to those sent by vendors, but will include plants groups specially selected for trialing interest here. Combinations of annuals, perennials, dwarf trees, shrubs and vegetables will be grown in more gardenlike displays rather than the formal rows of plants as before.

Hess, along with the garden\u2019s staff, started this transition last year with the Southern Living Plants bed at the west end of the trials section. This planting, donated by Southern Living magazine, is one of its northernmost trials. In return for the bed, the garden reports each spring what lived or died during the winter.

Hess has also designed a bed with a variety of autumn crops to see what will overwinter well, in hopes of finding plants that can be used in the fall, left in the ground and inter-planted in the spring in the manner that gardeners to the south of us do.

As a part of the changeover, the garden will test a large number of annual and perennial plants donated by Terra Nova Nurseries. All of these plants are currently on the market and available to the public, as opposed to many of the other trial varieties, which have not yet been released.

Some of the perennials that will be tested include five different varieties of Euchomis, some of the Agastache \u2018Kudos\u2019 series (genetically dwarf) and several colors of Echinacea (looking for improved hardiness). These selections will be observed for three years, allowing several rounds of seasons. Since no two summers or winters in St. Louis are ever alike, multiyear cycles will yield much more accurate information.

A special area will be filled with plants sporting this year\u2019s most trendy plant color, butter yellow, and will include Coreopsis \u2018Buttermilk,\u2019 Verbascum \u2018Gold Nugget\u2019 and Leucanthemum \u2018Goldfinch.\u2019 Hess will be trialing nine different varieties of Cosmos to see which holds up best and keeps flowering in what promises to be another hot, humid St. Louis summer. Look for the newest compact patio vegetables, which will be tested in containers and the ground.

We\u2019re hoping these additions will make this garden area more interesting and educational for everyone \u2013 including us.

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With a gorgeous brick-and-stone fa\u00e7ade, the home itself captures attention. Add in the view, and you\u2019re done for. Overlooking the \u201cMighty Mississippi\u201d from high above the bluffs, this magnificent manse incorporates the breathtaking view throughout with well thought-out design and a dose of Old World charm. The atrium ranch features an open floor plan, with a wall of windows serving as a dramatic backdrop. Arched doorways and hardwood flooring guide you through this entertainer\u2019s paradise, from the great room, with an enchanting see-through fireplace between it and the breakfast room, to the serene screened porch. Imagine waking up inside the elegant master suite, with its recessed ceiling and private entrance to the porch. The luxury bath invites you to prep for the day with his-and-her sinks, a spacious shower and a built-in bookcase above the bathtub . From custom molding to a generous 3-car garage, this exquisite residence will knock your socks off.

This 4-bedroom, 4 full-bathroom and 1 half-bathroom home in St. Louis is listed for $837,550.

Joan Lenz & Shawn Lenz, The Lenz Team, 314-277-8067 (Joan), 314-686-8061 (Shawn), coldwellbankerhomes.com

Coldwell Banker Gundaker (CBG), one of St. Louis\u2019 leading residential real estate brokerage companies, offers 19 offices with more than 1,400 sales associates serving metropolitan St. Louis and east-central Missouri. CBG was formed in 2001 with the merger of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage (originally the Ira E. Berry Company, founded in 1939) and Gundaker Realtors (founded in 1968). The associates of the Kirkwood-Webster office rank among the area\u2019s most experienced retail professionals, with special expertise in the central corridor.

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It\u2019s a busy time of year at Chesterfield Valley Nursery, as Jim Graeler and his team work diligently to bring in new products for their customers.

Graeler, the nursery\u2019s general manager, says in the past few months he\u2019s traveled all over the country, from North Carolina to Oregon, to seek out unique and quality plants that fit the nursery\u2019s style.

\u201cWe search the countryside and visit different nurseries,\u201d he says. \u201cWe\u2019re always looking for that new and unusual plant.\u201d

That\u2019s something that sets Chesterfield Valley Nursery apart from other nurseries, he says. While Graeler and his team offer all of the usual plants and trees you\u2019d expect to find at a nursery, like hydrangeas and Japanese maples, their quality is key. They also carry unique varieties of standard trees, like a Japanese maple with a branching characteristic, setting it apart from most maples in the area. Graeler says they\u2019ve also been bringing in a lot of weeping- and cascading-tree varieties, which are perfect for yards lacking space for other varieties.

\u201cVarieties like the \u2018Ace of Hearts\u2019 redbud stay more compact,\u201d Graeler says.

Chesterfield Valley Nursery can help customers wanting other yard design and landscaping done, too.

\u201cIf someone wants an outdoor kitchen or fire pit, we are capable of creating designs and installing everything,\u201d Graeler says. \u201cWe can pull everything into a complete package for the client.\u201d

This spring, Graeler\u2019s goal is the same as it is every spring: give clients the best quality product and the best quality service.

\u201cWe want to be someone [our customer] can count on,\u201d he says.

16825 North Outer Road 40, Chesterfield, 636-532-9307, chesterfieldvalleynursery.com

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Before homeowners place the \u201cFor Sale\u201d sign in the front yard, it\u2019s important to envision their property through buyers\u2019 eyes, local real estate agents say.

When preparing a home for the fiercely competitive St. Louis real estate market, sellers should contact a local real estate agency to inquire about its services and how an agent can help them make their property as move-in ready as possible, notes Christy Thompson, an agent with Janet McAfee Real Estate in Ladue. \u201cYou might have become accustomed to the look of your chipped front door or the dingy carpet-runner down the hallway, but it\u2019s the first thing a buyer might notice,\u201d Thompson says. \u201cSmall fixes, such as a new coat of paint, carpet cleaning and a visit from the window washer are easy items to check off your list.\u201d Thompson also recommends removing excess furniture and clutter that can crowd rooms and distract from the features of your home.

Sam Hall of Warner Hall Thornhill at Dielmann Sotheby\u2019s International Realty in Clayton agrees that sellers should perform a walk-through of their home and compile a list of the small issues that need to be addressed to make the property market-ready. \u201cCracks in the walls or discoloration on the ceiling can signal to buyers that the home is not well-kept and has issues they have to fix if they buy it,\u201d Hall says. \u201cWe try to help make the house look brand-new \u2013 or an older house look as good as possible.\u201d

Creating a customized plan for the sellers is essential, notes Jill Kelly, an agent with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Alliance Real Estate in Chesterfield. \u201cThe plan always begins with an honest evaluation of what the home needs to be market-ready, to include purging, cleaning, painting, staging, cosmetic updates and repairs,\u201d Kelly says. \u201cI always state my motto, \u2018Clean sells,\u2019 and look for simple changes that will not break the bank. For instance, changing the color of the front door and the shutters can make all the difference.\u201d Kelly has an excellent contractor she recommends to complete everything and get a home market-ready.

Keith Manzer, an agent with Laura McCarthy Real Estate in Clayton, recommends homeowners bring aboard a fresh set of trusted eyes. \u201cPut yourself in the [buyer\u2019s] shoes,\u201d Manzer says, \u201cand hire a stager or a friend who has a good eye for [style and design].\u201d Outside, he says it\u2019s important that the front door extends a warm and welcoming first impression, and inside, sellers should neatly store any clutter, repaint in neutral colors and place furniture in attractive groupings.

A common question agents help home sellers through is when to place their property on the market. Thompson advises clients to list their house as soon as they are ready, regardless of season, with the exception of the month of December, when buyers are distracted by the holidays. \u201cWell-priced homes available during the winter or late summer months often sell more quickly,\u201d she notes. \u201cWith fewer choices on the market, there is less competition for sellers, and buyers feel a sense of urgency to submit an offer.\u201d

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One of the most common problems homeowners tackle when preparing to sell their home is the proper staging to attract the best possible price, Hall says, noting that today\u2019s \u201cHGTV effect\u201d is a stumbling block for some sellers. \u201cThey watch these shows and start to do what they say: Declutter and remove personal photographs and artwork,\u201d he explains. \u201cBut in our markets of Clayton, Ladue and the central corridor, this can remove the character from the house, and it looks very sterile. These personal items can help [buyers] envision themselves in the house, so we help them stage in an attractive way that doesn\u2019t take the personality out of the home.\u201d

Another challenge sellers face is the emotional aspect of letting go of their home, local agents say. \u201c[When] a family has lived in a home for a long time, [there can be] years of accumulated memories and possessions to consider,\u201d Thompson says. \u201cI know firsthand how emotional a move from a longtime home can be, and I do all I can to connect these sellers with handymen to make necessary repairs, estate sale companies to assist with [any] unneeded items, and even to find the right packing and moving company.\u201d

Hall says he often helps families in a career or life-stage transition \u2013 a difficult time to sell a home. \u201cThe challenge is how do we make a neglected house feel alive again, so we help sellers make the property look as enticing as possible by getting it clean and completing small repairs that will make it photograph well,\u201d he says. \u201c[In] this day and age, it\u2019s 100 percent about photography and videography \u2013 because the hardest part is getting the [buyer] out from [behind] the computer to tour the house in person.\u201d

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Alliance Real Estate, 17050 Baxter Road, No. 200, Chesterfield, 636-537-0300, bhhsall.com

Dielmann Sotheby\u2019s International Realty, 8301 Maryland Ave., No. 100, Clayton, 314-725-0009, sothebysrealty.com

Janet McAfee Real Estate, 9889 Clayton Road, Ladue, 314-997-4800, janetmcafee.com

Laura McCarthy Real Estate, multiple locations, lauramccarthy.com

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When the client wanted help creating the perfect lakeside retreat for her family and friends, Diane Rosen stepped up to the mast.

Rosen had done the client\u2019s house in St. Louis and was now helping with her house at Porto Cima in the Lake of the Ozarks. This particular room was a tricky one: It wasn\u2019t square, but it needed to sleep nearly a dozen boys ages 5 to 13.

\u201cThe whole premise is meant to accommodate nephews and nieces and other family and friends,\u201d Rosen says. \u201cThis space was originally two rooms, so we removed a wall to open up the space.\u201d

Since Pirates of the Caribbean was popular at the time, Rosen drew inspiration from that film and its sequels for the space. \u201cThe lockers are part of that,\u201d she says. \u201cClosets are too boring, so I wanted to do something fun for the boys.\u201d

To the left of the pictured space is a bathroom and a built-in entertainment wall that houses a TV with an Xbox and games.

\u201cThe boys really love it,\u201d she says. \u201cIt was such a fun project.\u201d

Diane Rosen Interiors, 2211 S. Grand Blvd., Ste. 106, 314-359-0890, dianeroseninteriors.com

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Discover this gorgeous equestrian estate, built by Maritz & Young, right in the heart of Ladue. This rare find sits majestically on 4 acres, combining modern amenities with a grandeur of years gone by. The riding ring and 2-stall stable are just the beginning of this residence\u2019s wonderful surprises. Step inside the stately foyer, complete with a curved staircase, and slip into the sunken formal living room, covered by a beamed ceiling, which offers a fireplace and exit to the screened-in porch. The new kitchen area impresses, with premium appliances and a center island, while the adjoining family room offers a cozy refuge for you and yours. Likewise, the roomy master suite delivers an escape, with its spalike bath. The lower level features numerous niceties, such as a wine cellar and media room, and even the flagstone terrace proves a draw as it expands across the entire length of the abode.

This 4-bedroom, 3-full-bathroom and 2-half-bathroom home in Ladue is listed for $2.05 million.

Keith R. Manzer, 314-609-3155 (direct), 314-725-5100 (office), lauramccarthy.com

Laura McCarthy is a residential real estate company with expertise in the neighborhoods along St. Louis\u2019 central corridor. Founded in 1944, Laura McCarthy consistently is ranked among St. Louis\u2019 top real estate companies in sales volume. Many of its 100-plus agents specialize in the luxury real estate market, but all are familiar with St. Louis\u2019 neighborhoods from the Central West End to those on the Highway 40-64 corridor to Chesterfield and the St. Charles area.

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